Morocco Hiking Tour in the Sahara

HIKING AND TREKKING IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS AND THE SAHARA DESERT OASES AND VALLEYS OF MOROCCO


Islamic adventure tours in Morocco

This Islamic adventure small group tour in Morocco is one of our best active overland trip for outdoors travelelrs. An Islamic tripto explore the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert. The Southern and Northern landscape of Morocco differ completely from one another, contrasting both in climate and vistas. The South seems to embody a step backward in time, to an era of biblical aura of an ancient Desert life. The vast Sahara seems surreal with its plateaus, sand dunes, oases all bordered by surreal mirages. Along these valleys and peaks you will discover sandcastle-like adobe Kasbahs and romantic oases, where tall date palm trees grow hedged by persian roses bushes or silver-green reeds. Sand dunes in the far horizon are constantly reshaped by gentle winds, all sheltered by azure-blue African skies shape as backdrop of these ethereal vistas.

These breath-taking natural landscapes have attracted artists, poets, filmmakers and outdoor travelers from around the globe. Tey all tried to capture the Magic of the Sahara desert each one to his capacity yet the making of God is most perfect. Come and see it for yourself.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Upon your arrival at the Menara Airport in Marrakech, you will find your Muslim guide waiting to take you to your hotel for check-in. You will devote your day to explore Islamic sites visiting Medersas, Mosques and Maqams of Marrakech. Your guide will take on a spiritual and historic city tour starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, reflecting the image of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries, who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that is serving dry life in the desert.

Your tour will cover many impressive holy sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (which is identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain), and the Saadien Mausoleum, which demonstrate Islamic architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums, which had lain walled-in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for a halal dinner and other accommodations.

with your guide you will explore valley and peaks unique to the Atlas Mountains en route to Tinghir, explore the legendary Kasbah of Ait-Benhaddou, a renowned architectural marvel classified as UNISCO world heritage. Here we will stop for prayers and a halal Berber lunch. Your journey will lead you to the highest pass in Morocco, the Taddart and Tizi Tishka pass, at an altitude of 11,000 feet. This pass divides the mountains into two distinct facets: the harsh, stark side acting as a shield that protects the hinterland from the dry expansion of the Sahara, and the lush side, soft and evergreen, which collects the moisture from the Gherbi winds of the Atlantic Ocean.

You will arrive in Ouarzazate, a city of pleasure for both visitors and locals, where southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring their goods to market. After lunch in Ouarzazate, you will continue to explore the Dades Valley, traveling through El Kelaa De Mgouna and Boumalne to view the inimitable natural vistas and unusual rock formations. You will then continue onward to Tinghir, which is one large oasis that intercepts the flow of water between the Dades, the Todra valleys across the majestic High Atlas Mountains. This is an ideal place to stop for the night. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.

Your morning will consist of a visit to the Todra gorges, after which you will continue to Erfoud, where you will explore the Ziz valley. One of the most esthetically pleasing of all southern routes, Erfoud is a dry, red belt of desert with a sudden drop into a valley filled with date palm groves; it is a land lost in antiquity. You will then continue to Erfoud, one of the most delightful southern regions. You will visit the gorges of Ziz and some of the oases and natural sites before you reach the magnificent oasis of Erfoud.

Once you arrive in Erfoud, you leave your vehicle and hop into the 4-Wheel Drive cruiser which takes you to meet a caravan of camels that you will ride to camp. You will conclude your day in your camp over the dunes of Merzouga where tents are pitched for you to enjoy a night under the African Skies. After dinner, the Rokba drummers will illuminate your night with their lively dances and moving chants. Enjoy this encounter of Man and nature at its best.

Hop in your 4-Wheel Drive Cruisers will take you across the desert to the magnificent dunes of Erg Chebbi for Fajr prayer over the dunes an experience like you never had before. You will not want to miss the breathtaking sun rise over the spectacular Merzouga dunes in the Sahara. Afterward, you will eat breakfast with Muslim Nomads, and start your trip across the desert back roads towards Zagora exploring the holy city of Rissani and its adobe Medina, the valley of Draa and its breathtaking oases. You will reach Zagora and lodge at the legendary Riad Dar Lamane. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.

You will spend your day on an excursion that will take you to the real gateway of the Moroccan Saharan Desert. You will drive through the lowlands and along the mountain passes to Tamegroute a humble village where deep knowledge is transmitted in the most simplistic way. There you will visit the famous Moorish Koranic Library. Full of rare books and documents, the library includes 13th century writings made on gazelle hide. Afterward, you will return to Zagora for the night. You will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations in your hotel.

You will spend most of your day en route to Marrakesh, exploring Berber villages and oases of the largest palm gorve on earth called the Draa Valley. Lunch and prayers will be at Ouarzazate then proceed to the Taddart and Tizi-n-Tishka pass, at an altitude of 11,000 feet. You will arrive in Marrakech, a city of pleasure for both visitors and locals, where southern tribesmen and Berber villagers bring their goods to market and find a variety of entertainment. To tourists, the city is a feast for the imagination, full of incomparable beauty, situated before the towering mountains that provide a thrilling backdrop. After a visit to the bustling Souks for last minute shopping, you will conclude your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

You will take an early morning flight from Marrakech Airport or Casablanca to connect with your flight back home.

  • Six night accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Halal Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Land transportation in chauffeured vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking guides in major & tour leader throughout
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Marrakesh: 2 nights, Grand Imilchil
  • Tinghir: 1 night, Kasbah Lamrani
  • Erfoud: 1 night, Hotel Belere
  • Zagora: 2 nights, Riad Lamane

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Land Transportation )
  • 6 Nights in 4 star Hotels
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Local guides and tour manager
  • Fees to monuments and museums
  • Hotel taxes and luggage handling
  • Cost per person: $985.00

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Round Trip Flight
  • Tips for Drivers and Guides
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Muslim Adventure Tours in Morocco

We are always available to answer any question you might have about this tour in Morocco (what to wear, weather, security...) or customizing this tour just for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the daily average walking distance?

The distance made each day of the 8-9 day walking portion of the tour will be set by the group, and can be as leisurely or demanding as the group wishes.

What should I bring with me?

Some recommended items include a sleeping bag, a small, all-purpose day-pack, a flashlight with batteries, sunblock, a sun hat, and sunglasses. Tents and rain-proof, insulated mats are optional since they can be provided for you.

What should I bring to wear?

You should bring with you light, comfortable walking clothes for temperatures of approximately 80 degrees. You will also want to pack a sweater or jacket for the evenings when temperatures fall to 45 degrees. With regard to footwear, you will want to bring hiking boots or comfortable shoes. Sandals are not advised.

What kind of shape do I have to be in?

To enjoy this vacation, the only requirement is that you enjoy fresh air and light physical activity.

What types of terrain will we cover?

On your journey, you will cover two different types of terrain. The first consists of reasonably flat terrain, which is easily traveled upon by anyone who likes a good walk. The second is a little more challenging, where some experience with hill walking may prove useful. On average, we will reach heights of up to 11,500 feet.